Leafs Scoring Search: Top 10 Forward Options from Cash Strapped Teams

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Leafs Scoring Search: Top 10 Forward Options from Cash Strapped Teams
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As all Leaf fans well know, the club is struggling to find consistent offence from their forwards. In a last ditch attempt to bring in some much needed offence, Brian Burke and company decided that calling up top end prospect Nazem Kadri was the way to go.

Many critics can spend hours debating whether it was really the correct time to bring up Kadri, but what's done is done.

In his second NHL game ever, Kadri looked good at times, setting up line mates Nikolai Kulemin and Tyler Bozak with quality scoring chances. Like 95 percent of Leaf scoring chances, the puck was either stopped or missed the net, so Kadri's first point will have to wait.

So with no center likely to come from within, the Leafs need to look elsewhere. With that said, you could argue the whole league should be targeted for trade by Burke—however I'm taking another angle.

I believe Burke should be targeting the cash strapped teams of the NHL—the teams that are either over the cap or are going to be over the cap with IR'ed players returning and teams that don't have a lot of money to dish out to pending free agents on their teams.

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